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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > BBFC Film Classification Might Be Stuffed with Web Flicks

BBFC Film Classification Might Be Stuffed with Web Flicks

BBFC Film Classification Might Be Stuffed with Web Flicks

Added: Friday, March 29th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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Internet-only films seem to stuff up the film classification system. The matter is that they don’t have to be viewed before release and therefore receive no ranking. For a while now, the British Board of Film Classification has been ranking flicks as 18, PG, U, even if it no longer cuts them with the same vigor as earlier.

Mark Dawson, chief digital officer for the British Board of Film Classification, admitted during the interview that the judgment of the BBFC’s classifiers has been protected for the last three decades. Although cinema and video were covered, along with DVDs and even films loaded on USB sticks, it still didn’t cover digital downloads from iTunes, as well as streaming from Netflix or Amazon's LoveFilm.

Now Mark Dawson hopes that he will be able to persuade movie studios and the big digital retailers and services to finance classification of their creations for online consumption. However, there’s no legal backup for this.

Still, there are some signs that the persuasion is working – thus far, more than 250,000 movies have been classified for online consumption. Major content providers, including BT Vision and Netflix, are already using the ratings.

The success story was when Netflix submitted its hit Washington-based remake of House of Cards for classification. This content was created specifically for the web, and released 13 episodes simultaneously last month. The BBFC gave all of them a 15 rating, except the only one that contained a graphic suicide scene and got an 18.

However, there could be signs that the system might get pushed in the near future. For example, Netflix will debut Hemlock Grove that was created by Eli Roth, who is known as the creator of the tasteful “torture porn” genre with his sadistic horror movie Hostel. In the meantime, other movies following the genre have been refused any classification.

This lack of rules means that in case Netflix makes something distasteful, which doesn’t get the BBFC’s classification, it could simply distribute it anyway and thus force the entire system to break down. Mark Dawson doesn’t want new powers to regulate online companies and therefore hopes that the Internet industry gets on board voluntarily.


By:
SaM
March 29th,2013

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Friday, March 29th, 2013



Comments (4) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2013-03-29 23:53:03)
crazymichael avatarwhat's the point putting age rating on films when people will just download them off the internet for free if you don't let them watch it.

2
posted by Turtle (2013-03-30 09:35:15)
No avatarDon't give the BBFC another way of trying to justify its pointless existence.

3
posted by Kitty (2013-03-30 11:56:24)
Crash1 avatar@crazymichael ... That's what I've been doing for years. Not so much with movies (very few movies are Refused Classification [RC] in Australia) but with Computer Games, as until recently there was no R classification for Games. eg. you can't buy japanese HENTAI games in Australia, as they're (still) RC
IE. if it's rated higher than MA15+ it's refused classification, which meant I just downloaded a bootleg copy from the net.

(Rules are changing, but not fast enough to suit many of us.)
I know that many teenagers are not bothered by classification restrictions when they want to watch something, and STATE restrictions are IMPOSSIBLE to enforce, As 2008's Victorian embargo on the Underbelly series demonstrated. It was thwarted by torrent uploads of the episodes the following day from viewers in other states, which meant most of the net savvy Victorians were not really affected at all.

The point here is that almost ANYTHING is available to download for free ... if you know where to look. And a simple thing like a classification won't stop a determined person from watching/playing what they want. As well as this, with the modern VPN programs it's almost impossible to catch them if they ARE found out, because you may not even know which COUNTRY they live in, let alone their name or address.

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posted by (2013-03-30 20:01:16)
crazymichael avatar@crash1 i live in the UK and if you try buy a rated 18 film or game you have to show ID and to not get ID'd you have to look 25+ just to buy a silly little DVD or game.The prove your age came out in 2010 i use to buy games but because i'm getting tired of getting ID'd when i'm a 23 year old man i just rent them online and i've been downloading movies free for years it saves paying £8 at the cinemas and having to wait for DVD release.



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